Sonoma’s Rosé Revolution

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I’ m certainly not one of those people that think rosé is just-for-summer. I drink rosé all year and in fact, have had some meaningful wine discoveries from rosé-producing winemakers, most of them Provençal. I’m excited, now, for this opportunity to learn more about rosé from an American wine region: Sonoma County.

Sonoma has been a point of interest for me, not simply because of wine, but because of poet Gary Snyder.  Mr. Snyder was one of the beat poets, in cahoots with Alan Ginsberg, Philip Whalen and Jack Kerouc. Snyder, a Buddhist, writes heavily about nature and the Earth. Later in his life, he established a homestead in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas(where he lives today). On my first trip to Sonoma I was impressed and captivated, driving through the deeply wooded hills, because I noticed that people in California were able to live as Snyder described, in the settings captured in his poetry. I was mesmerized.

Take these opening lines from Endless Streams and Mountains:

Clearing the mind and sliding in
          to that created space,
a web of waters steaming over rocks,
air misty but not raining,
          seeing this land from a boat on a lake
          or a broad slow river,
          coasting by.

Since then, I’ve been able to come to know some of the wine-making ways of California and the Pacific Northwest, a region that tends toward an instinctive connectivity to animals, plants, water and of course soil.

I’m looking forward to participating in something special, a program via #WineStudio:

#winestudio Session 35: Sonoma’s Rosé Revolution

Tue, Jun 7, 2016 6:00pm  through Tue, Jun 28, 2016 8:00pm central

Tuesdays 8:00pm – 9:00pm CST online Twitter hashtag #WineStudio

From WineStudio:

Summer is coming and it’s Rosé season in Sonoma. It’s often the least expensive wine in the region and the first to sell out. We’re talking Rosé of course! And Sonoma knows what it’s doing when it comes to this quaffable style of wine.

Right now our wine market is overflowing with brilliant rosés and we’re not even in full rosé season yet! Did you know that some wineries are so dedicated to the rosé lifestyle that they intentionally produce a rosé because they like it not because they want to make red wine seem more intense. Rosé season has become any season.
Rosé fever has reached such a pitch that some retailers are even looking to sell rosé before the wines are in bottles. We’ll discuss this phenomenon and many more subjects including:

How long do rosés last?

What do all these pinkish hues mean?

The Provence Wine Council organized a rosé color scale of acceptable colors, such as red currant, peach, grapefruit, melon, mango, and tangerine.

Are all rosé producers trying to emulate the “Provençal lifestyle”?

Is there a sliding scale? How much is too much?

Intentional Rosés
Rosés are what they are. Or are they?

Should there be specific rosé criteria?
We’re joined by special guests Thea Dwelle @Luscious_Lushes and Bob Barron @TheBobBarron film maker #TasteofRosé.

Week 1: 7 June – @passaggio Cindy Cosco Passaggio Wines
2015 Rosé Merlot Sonoma

Week 2: 14 June – @ellipsiswines Devika Maskey Ellipsis Wine Company
2015 Rosé of Pinot Muenier Sonoma County

Week 3: 21 June – @Pedroncelli Julie Pedroncelli Pedroncelli Winery
2015 Dry Rosé of Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

Week 4: 28 June – @aandcwines Daniel Hill Angels & Cowboys
2015 Rosé Sonoma County (Grenache Rouge, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Grenache Blanc)

Join us for the Session 35 of #winestudio: Sonoma’s Rosé Revolution! This session includes four weeks of discussion about Rosé in Sonoma on the #winestudio platform and gives you the opportunity to network with wine lovers around the world. This is a free online educational course. Complete the registration to gain access and join us for Sonoma’s Rosé Revolution.

Join us tonight at #winestudio on twitter with @passaggio. Cindy Cosco Passaggio Wines presents 2015 Rosé Merlot Sonoma. 8:00 CST…come in PJs if you want.  Cheers!

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